The Fuzzy Mountain String Band - The Fuzzy Mountain String Band

Sunday 1st October 1995
The Fuzzy Mountain String Band - The Fuzzy Mountain String Band

STYLE: Country
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Rounder

Reviewed by Tony May

The Fuzzies formed in 1967 and these 33 tracks contain a welcome compilation of their two 1970's LPs 'Fuzzy Mountain String Band' and 'Summer Oaks And Porch'. Wonderful, authentic music, as rootsy as you can get, much of the material based on traditional songs and fiddle tunes. The source of this rich music is mainly the southern Appalachian Mountains and the song titles such as "Shooting Creek", "Santa Ana's Retreat", "The Falls Of Richmond", "Wild Hog In The Woods" and "Poor Johnnie Has Gone To The War" show the attention to the lifestyle, culture and often stormy history of that most fascinating area. Gospel music has always been integral, samples tackled here include "One More River To Cross" and "Keep The Ark A Movin'". A mainly instrumental set, played with enormous energy and skill by one of the foremost revivalist bands.

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